The admissions policies of Gettysburg College are a matter of institutional choice consistent with public law. The characteristics and expectations of students, which the College considers relevant to success in its program, are made clear in the College Catalog and in other publications. Being an independent private college founded under Lutheran auspices, the College may, all other qualifications being equal, give admission preference to Lutheran applicants. Similar admission preference may be granted children of alumni. Under no circumstances will an applicant for admission be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, religion, ethnic or national origin, age, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, or being differently abled. Furthermore, there is no fixed ratio of men and women which the College seeks to maintain permanently. Gettysburg College makes a determined effort to attract students who will profit from and contribute to its program. The College seeks students with promise of intellectual attainment, and insists that, at a minimum, they have the potential to meet its academic expectations. The College seeks students who show promise of contributing to the vitality and success of campus extracurricular activities. Finally, it seeks students who show promise of a responsible approach to life in an academic community.
In an effort to maintain an educationally useful diversity in the student body, Gettysburg College encourages students from various racial, religious, geographic, national, social, and economic backgrounds to apply for admission. Within the limits of its resources, Gettysburg College is open to all students who are qualified according to its admission standards. The facilities and services of the College are open to all enrolled students, and the College uses its influence to secure equal access for all students to public facilities in the local community.